The strict time limit for the Resident Evil 2 demo can be beaten, creative fans have discovered. The remake of Resident Evil 2 reimagines the classic sequel from the ground up, sporting new graphics, locations, weapons and twists on the original story. The game ditches the fixed camera view of the original, though Capcom revealed they tried to make it work before deciding an over-the-shoulder perspective worked best. The game will also be significantly gorier, and sport a darker tone.
A remake of Resident Evil 2 was long requested by fans, as the original title is often considered the best of the entire series. Beginning with Resident Evil 4, there was a long period where the series tilted away from survival horror and put an increased focus on action and co-operative play. This direction proved unpopular with longtime fans, but following disappointing sales on Resident Evil 6, the franchise has gone back to its roots. This began in earnest with Resident Evil VII: Biohazard and Resident Evil 2’s remake continues in that vein, forcing players to conserve ammo and health for when they really need it.
Capcom recently gave fans a chance to taste Resident Evil 2 ahead of its launch with a recent demo. This 1-shot teaser gives players a strict 30-minute time limit, and once the timer runs out, the demo expires. Naturally, it didn’t take fans long to find creative solutions to this, with VG247 reporting that if players want another round on consoles, all they need to do is create more accounts. The time limit can be stopped completely on PC, however, with hackers releasing cracks and other cheats. More information can be found at the above link.
The release of the 1-shot demo mirrors, in a strange way, the 10-minute preview of the original Resident Evil 2 back in 1998. This teaser gave players 10 minutes to get as far into the game as they could, with many fans replaying it constantly to see how much further they could get. The remake 1-shot demo has been a hit with fans, with many posting videos of their playthroughs. Reports suggest that the anticipation surrounding the remake has already gotten Capcom working on new version of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis.
While some questioned the wisdom of releasing a demo this close to Resident Evil 2’s launch on January 25, its unquestionably raised the game's profile even higher. Remakes appear to be all the rage with the franchise too, as a reboot of the movie series is in the works from The Strangers: Prey At Night director Johanne Roberts. James Wan also confirmed that despite reports, he’s not involved with the project as a producer.